YMMV / Witchblade

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     The anime 

The Anime:

  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Largely due to marketing, the series is more known for it's busty characters than anything else.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: If observant revealers were to remember Reina carrying an infant after stealing the Witchblade, Masane having amnesia after the Great Quake, that when Reina and Rihoko stand side-by-side they have similair physical features, and the fact that Reina and Takayama were involved with each other, it wouldn't be hard to guess that Rihoko and Masane aren't biologically related, and that Reina and Takayama are her biological parents.
  • Come for the X, Stay for the Y: The series is clearly marketed as nothing but a fanservice-and-action sandwich ("Death By Hotness"©), but stick with it and it turns out to be far more emotionally charged and character-driven than the average "serious" anime.
  • Complete Monster: The narcissistic Tatsuoki Furumizu, AKA "Father," is the creator of the Cloneblade using Neogeness: women able to bear imitations of the Witchblade. Despite being raised by a loving mother, Furumizu loathed her, seeing his father as "perfection" he wished to achieve. Angered by his own sterility, Furumizu has young women indoctrinated where he implants them with his genetics and the Cloneblades, all the while making them believes he cares for them. Furumizu is well aware the process leads to mental instability and inevitable death but simply doesn't care. His manipulations lead many of the Neogenes to lose their minds and do great harm before succumbing, but Furumizu simply has a second generation created, not caring when the strongest Maria kills his previous "favorite" Reina. Furumizu is solely obsessed with his own perfection and creating the perfect "mother" to give birth to his legacy.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: The standards are set pretty high, considering the nature of the series, but the scene where Takayama outdrinks Wadou in episode 10 most certainly qualifies.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny:
    • "Nah, my mom's are way bigger."
    • As mentioned above, Masane gets invited to a fancy party for Wadou. Thanks to her, it takes less than half an episode for the party to turn into Reiji and Wadou trying to drink each other under the table.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: "You're not afraid of me?" "'Course not. You're still my mom."
  • Designated Villain: The Child Welfare Bureau is expected to be seen as horrible for wanting to separate Masane and Riko...but seeing as Masane is too immature and irresponsible to take care of herself, much less a small child, and Riko's the one who has to do literally everything for her, they have every right to want them apart.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Shiori has a lot of fan content for a character that only appears for less than a third of the series. Most likely do the fact that she has the same (though slightly larger) buxom bodytype as Masane and a lot of viewers finding her witchblade form appealing.
    • Rihoko also has extreme fan love because of her cuteness, maturity, and relationship with the main protagonist.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: This is supposedly Canon with the comic book...despite that it doesn't work as anything other than an Alternate Continuity from it. Needless to say, comic fans ignore this series, either out of hatred or simply due to the Continuity Snarl caused by its existence in the comic canon.
  • Les Yay: Shiori for Reina. She actually kisses the lip print left on a teacup at one point.
  • Squick: Father's entire plan is rather squicky, as is his death.
  • Tear Jerker: So, so many.

     The Comic 

The comic:

  • Cargo Ship: Sara/Witchblade? Considering the 'Blade is both sentient and male, this may be canonical.
    • It has bonded with men in the past before. So maybe the Witchblade is bi?
  • Complete Monster: Madeline Desormeaux, despite only appearing in 2 issues, is as bad as the comic gets. She was once an appalling sadist with a sick fascination for torturing and dismembering her slaves, then putting them back together in grotesque ways where they suffered until death. After the escape of a little boy whose eyes and mouth she had stitched shut escaped, Madeline ultimately died. However, even this would not keep her evil from infecting the land, cursing all of her former victims to wander in agony until the day her wicked soul is destroyed for good. When Dani shows up to put the slaves' souls to rest, Madeline gleefully attempts to tear her tongue out, proclaiming her plans to torture her due to her fraternization with the "filth" of her former slaves.
  • Fridge Horror: The Witchblade has been wielded by countless women thru the ages, so that means the thing has been...."covering" women in many places for ages. Especially "down there."
  • Growing the Beard: Ron Marz took over with issue #80 and immediately reinvented the wheel. Sara learned how to stop shredding her clothes, the Witchblade began to manifest more often as suits of armor rather than a steel bikini, Sara picked up a regular love interest, and her relationship with the Witchblade and its previous bearers was reexamined. It really is a different book after that point.
  • Les Yay: Back in the day, Top Cow published an ongoing Tomb Raider comic that was actually in continuity with Witchblade, and Lara would occasionally show up to hang out with Sara. During those appearances, they did everything short of make out with one another. When subtext is being screamed into your face at point-blank range, is it still subtext?
    • Not to mention her relationship with Danielle.
      • Danielle is also a confirmed bisexual.
  • My Real Daddy: To a large extent, the current book can be said to have started around the time Ron Marz took over as writer. He jettisoned many of the book's '90s "bad girl" trappings and turned it into a much more satisfying urban fantasy/conspiracy comic.
  • Testosterone Brigade: A good chunk of the fandom.
    • It's doubtful the series was ever marketed at girls.

     TV series 

The TV series:

  • Foe Yay: Sara and Kenneth Irons, Sara and Ian Nottingham.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Ken Irons crosses this irrevocably when he burns alive one man's wife and family and drowns another's wife and child just before killing them both for betraying him.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Jeffrey Donovan, who played Daniel Germaine in "Lagrimas", is now better known for his lead role as Michael Westen in Burn Notice.
  • Tear Jerker: In the first season, Anyone Can Die. Many of the deaths qualify. Special mentions go to the deaths of Conchobar and Joe Cirus.